Kelly pleaded not guilty to all charges against him and did not testify in his defense. His defense team portrayed the testimony of several people who spoke out as inconsistent and questioned his motives.
Survivors and Women Who Tell Their Stories
He faced child pornography charges at a state trial in Chicago in 2008, where he was acquitted. Lisa Van Allen testified at Kelly’s 2008 Chicago trial. On Monday, 13 years after Kelly was found guilty, she told the verdict on ABC’s “Good Morning America” ”What was I watching back in 2008… I believe the difference this time.” That there is power in numbers.”
Faith testified about the dangers she faced after speaking publicly about her experiences with Kelly. She said she was at a New York City theater that had been evacuated for the premiere of the Lifetime series “Surviving R. Kelly”. She also said that after filing a lawsuit against the singer, there was a threat to release explicit pictures of her.
“People called me a liar and said I have no proof,” Paes said. “Some people have even said that I am speaking for money. Speaking about abuse is not easy, especially when your abuser is high-profile.”
Ezriel Cleary, who testified under the pseudonym “Jane” at Kelly’s trial, spoke to CBS’s Gayle King on Thursday about how difficult it was to testify against Kelly.
“It was very disturbing to relive those moments,” Clary told King. “A piece of me was happy because I felt like this person no longer had control over me. You don’t tell me what to do and what to wear and where to go and how long to stay in a room anymore.”
Cleary told jurors that she met Kelly when she was 17, that he sexually abused her and often kept her confined in rooms and on tour buses. Initially, she defended Kelly after her arrest, but testified that it took several months for her to be able to recognize that she was being abused and release the singer.
“We wanted people to stop claiming that they could separate that person from the music. We wanted to provide a global platform for survivors, activists and those who were silenced for it . decade To feel seen and heard,” Barnes wrote. “We wanted accountability. We wanted to change the story for black women and girls, to tell them that they Huh The credible victims of sexual violence, those black girls Huh To be believed, and protected, and supported.”
“It’s the brave women I spoke to, not Kelly herself, who are centered in my thoughts in this moment,” Hampton wrote in the Washington Post opinion after her conviction. “Raising his voice was a start; listening to him is the least we should have done. But neither this — nor Kelly’s long-pending sentence — should be the end of the story.”
Hampton said it is now “the time to focus on the safety and future of survivors” and called for a fund to help Kelly’s survivors pay for mental health care.
Kelly’s defense team repeatedly attacked several female accusers during the singer’s trial, questioning why some waited so long to report the abuse to the authorities, with prosecutor Nadia Shihata stating that many of them How difficult it was for people to take a stand.
Shihata said, “Some put on a strong mask but eventually broke off. Some got frustrated and upset. Many of them were embarrassed and ashamed.” “It was often a difficult testimony to hear. But, you know what? As hard as it was to hear for all of us, it was too bad for them to experience and live again.”
Kelly still has several cases pending – a federal child pornography and obstruction case in Illinois, an Illinois state case involving sexual assault charges and a Minnesota state prostitution case.
Kelly has denied the allegations.
As the jury read its verdict on September 27, a table full of prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York sat nearby—all of them women.
The office’s case against Kelly was led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Geddes, chief of the Civil Rights Section of the Criminal Division. Spokesman John Marzuli said Geddes spent most of his 15 years working with the Brooklyn federal prosecutor’s office on complex organized crime cases, including a number of mob-related cases.
Shihata, who heads the organized crime and gangs section in the office, previously worked as a war crimes prosecutor in The Hague. Marjuli said she led an investigation into the sexual abuse of female inmates at a federal detention facility in Brooklyn that resulted in the conviction of former high-ranking prison officials.
Marzulli said María Cruz Melendez is the deputy head of the criminal division’s civil rights section, and has prosecuted cases involving organized crime, gangs and terrorism.
Outside the courtroom after Kelly was found guilty on Monday, Acting U.S. Attorney Jacqueline M. Kasulis for the Eastern District said the conviction could not have happened without the survivors’ “braveness and resilience,” and their “grace” from the prosecutors’ team. under” praised. Pressure.”
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